Duranalysis: Planet Earth

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Dan said…
I would’ve pegged Superman as more of a Springsteen man

This, I believe, is an astute call. I've been trying to think of what other musical artists Clark might be into, but I keep coming back to the Springsteen as the main contender. I also feel Ma and Pa would approve of The Boss, which is probably an important consideration when you're a Kansas farmboy.

However, if he was to indulge his Kryptonian side, then I imagine he might also chill out to a little bit of the electronic pop that is Kraftwerk.

Which would make for one interesting iPod playlist, that's for sure.

Hmm? This is a Duran Duran post?

Whatever. You started it, with the Superman reference.
Morgan Richter said…
I've been trying to think of what other musical artists Clark might be into, but I keep coming back to the Springsteen as the main contender.

I think Kal-El might have a few guilty secrets on his iPod, too. I'm thinking Billy Joel and Huey Lewis. Dunno why, really. Just seems plausible.

And yes, a little Kraftwerk, just to get in touch with his roots. Maybe some Eno.

Hmm? This is a Duran Duran post?

So it seems. But you fell into my trap. I cleverly baited you with a Superman reference, knowing you couldn't resist grabbing for the cheese.
Dan said…
I'm thinking Billy Joel and Huey Lewis

He probably croons 'Uptown Girl' to Lois every night.

But I reckon he'd sneer at 'The Power of Love': "Prrrfft, 'love'. That's not a power. Give me heat vision any day."

But you fell into my trap

I am easily lured by Superman references, this is true. Nicely played.
Jennifer Howell said…
Dude, until I read Andy's book, I SWORE the dancing man was John.
Cheryl Kraynak said…
Martin Degville and friend are the only thing I wish were NOT in this video (besides Nick's hair).

"I learned something from a Duran Duran video. That doesn’t happen every day"

--Yes, although Simon's lyrics continue the factoid lessons interminably...at least for me.
Anonymous said…
I think the lying-down-water-streaming pic is Simon (complete with knotted rope thingy).

I think Duran Duran is an overall testament to Nick's it's-weird-sorta-wack-but-that's-how-I-like-it aesthetic at age 18 (!), and honestly, that's what made the band so memorable. The music too, but Nick made Duran out there. Not there wasn't a price to pay: I think the rest of the Duran members have been taken down by the pixie/gremlin's madness at some point or another — Andy to say the least!

Well done, Mr Bates!
Cheryl Kraynak said…
@details-later:

Or...as Andy would say, "Well done, Master Bates." (haw haw!)

(for those who have not read Andy's bio, that's a joke you'll find in there)
Morgan Richter said…
I think the lying-down-water-streaming pic is Simon (complete with knotted rope thingy).

Is it? Could very well be. I was assuming Roger because they used that shot, plus the opening shirtless one, for the little segment on Roger toward the end of "Is There Something I Should Know?" But then again, they used that shot of Simon flipping tables for Andy, so clearly that's not to be trusted.

I think the rest of the Duran members have been taken down by the pixie/gremlin's madness at some point or another — Andy to say the least!

Oh, yes. I get the impression that when Nick gets something in his head, it's going to be very tricky to talk him out of it. No wonder he and Andy butted heads so often.

Heh. Master Bates indeed...
DKoren said…
I was going to say, that's definitely Simon lying down with the hand floating over him, but details-later beat me to it. :-D As a Roger girl, I would always shake my head when they showed that bit for Roger in Is There Something...

Nice review! I generally don't like Andy blond, but you know, he really does look good in that shot, and your description is very apt. And the quoted bit about teaching chords to Nick made me laugh.
Anonymous said…
Or...as Andy would say, "Well done, Master Bates." (haw haw!)

That old nugget, @Cheryl Kraynak!

How young do you think Nick was when he began contemplating his name change to something that fit his aesthetic (not to mention, derision-free)?

And in no news to Duran followers, John also changed his name (from Nigel — kinda anti-hearthrob/sexyface) and Andy changed his surname legally Wilson-Taylor when he married Tracy.

@Morgan I think the only video left from the Duran classic era is "seminal" (for once a literal and figurative use of the word!) "Girls On Film"?
Morgan Richter said…
How young do you think Nick was when he began contemplating his name change to something that fit his aesthetic (not to mention, derision-free)?

I'm assuming Nick started plotting a name change the very first time he heard the "Master Bates" insult. Steve Malins's biography of the group claims Nick also briefly went by the name Dior in the band's very early days. Sounds totally like Nick.

I think the only video left from the Duran classic era is "seminal" (for once a literal and figurative use of the word!) "Girls On Film"?

"The Chauffeur," too, but I don't think I have the heart to analyze it. A great song, a fine video, but the boys aren't in it, so... I think next week will be "Girls on Film" and that will be it for me.
DKoren said…
What about the other cool Arcadia video, for Goodbye is Forever? Simon and Nick crack me up in that one! After you reviewed the other Arcadia video, I was looking forward to reading your review of it since there was so much Nick in it! :-D
Morgan Richter said…
What about the other cool Arcadia video, for Goodbye is Forever?

I love Simon and Nick in Goodbye is Forever (the Election Day video, on the other hand, bores me to tears). And in the interest of balance, I could always take a look at one of the Power Station videos. I also like a few of the later Duran videos -- Electric Barbarella, Come Undone, Out of My Mind -- and I may or may not come back and address them sometime. I'll play it by ear.
Snapdragon said…
I was convinced as a teen that the blonde woman in the crazy hat cuddling up to Simon was Cyndi Lauper. As an adult I realize this is silly. But there it is.
Morgan Richter said…
Snapdragon, Cyndi Lauper appearing in a Duran Duran video would not have been the craziest thing to happen in the early eighties. And the blonde woman really does look like Cyndi, now that you mention it.

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